Monthly Archives: June 2009

In Hard Times, Colleges Search for Ways to Trim the Faculty

Robin Wilson, Chronicle of Higher Education

The Jones Theatre at Washington State University is getting a $500,000 face-lift this summer. A construction crew has already ripped out its 500 orange and blue seats and is replacing them with new ones covered in a wine-colored fabric.


London Met was ‘reassured’ about non-completion threat

Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education

Funding chiefs reassured London Metropolitan University that rules on student dropouts would not be strictly applied before ordering it to repay tens of millions of pounds for breaching them, according to an internal university report obtained by Times Higher Education.


Safety net urged for international students

Andrew Trounson and Luke Slattery ,  The Australian Higher Education Supplement

GOVERNMENT and higher education providers should set aside money as a financial safety net for international students, according to a joint study by researchers at Monash and Melbourne universities, whose report comes amid fresh indications that many find themselves in financial trouble.,25197,25679615-12332,00.html


Plan eyes incentives to help the economy

John Gill, Times Higher Education

It is understood that the forthcoming higher education framework, due to be published in the next few months, will include new measures to encourage higher education to take a more “active” approach to building higher-level skills in areas of economic growth.


Threatening blot on the polyglot

Bernard Lane, The Australian Higher Education Supplement

ONLY one in 10 first year students takes a language other than English at university and about one-third of those who begin a language last just one semester, a bleak new study has found. The report for the Australian Academy of the Humanities blames an “aggressively monolingual culture” in which students learn that languages are an easily discarded “add on” rather than an integral part of their education.,25197,25646329-12332,00.html


Education Dean’s Fraud Case Teaches U. of Louisville a Hard Lesson

David Glenn, The Chronicle of Higher Education

At the end of 2005, Robert D. Felner was riding high. A well-paid dean at the University of Louisville, he had just secured a $694,000 earmarked grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create an elaborate research center to help Kentucky’s public schools. The former official now awaits trial. Some colleagues say the university should have caught him earlier.


Audit process fails to allay standards fears

Rebecca Attwood, Times Higher Education

V-c says QAA’s methodology hampers the sector’s efforts to defend itself. Weaknesses in the Quality Assurance Agency’s methods have made it difficult for the sector to refute claims of declining standards, the watchdog has been told.


Future depends on Asian languages

Guy Healy , The Australian Higher Education Supplement

AUSTRALIANS risk being marooned in the dated jobs and industries of the 20th century unless a $11.3 billion mass Asian language literacy plan is acted on within a generation, according to Michael Wesley, a leading expert on international relations.,25197,25612156-12332,00.html.


Goethe’s the guy v-c goes to for advice on reform

Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education

Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne, appointed Goethe expert John Armstrong as his personal adviser after reading his book Love, Life, Goethe: How to be Happy in an Imperfect World 2006.


Violence risks foreign student market

Guy Healy,  The Australian Higher Education Supplement

AUSTRALIA is dangerously close to risking sanctions that can cause a collapse in the overseas student market after authorities ignored protests from foreign diplomats about the safety of their nationals, an expert has warned.,25197,25576902-12332,00.html